With those hot summer months fast approaching, what a better way to spend a day than behind the wheel. The sun is shining, you’re feeling great and you’re out for a drive.
Even during the summer season, your car can be quite difficult to clean. Hot, humid, dry weather and dirt could be doing more damage to your car than you think. Some of the worst offenders are:-
- UV rays – these are not only harmful to your skin but the sun’s UV rays can also age and damage the paintwork on your car. The way to combat this is to regularly wax your vehicle to a showroom shine. There’s a huge variety of products on the market which you can use to retain your car’s deep, glossy look and sleek appearance. If you are going to leave your motor standing outdoors under the sun for a long period of time, buy a car cover to protect it.
- Sun lotion – putting on sun lotion is great for your skin, but what about the inside of your car? It can be easily transferred to the vehicle’s interior and stain the upholstery. Many sun creams are oil based and water resistant, so can be quite difficult to remove from fabric. Keep a stash of upholstery wipes handy to wipe off any sun lotion stains or spillages.
- Dust – in dry, hot, humid weather, your vehicle is more prone to gathering dust and dirt. Tiny particles can act like sandpaper on your car’s paintwork. Don’t wipe off the dust, this can cause scratches. Remove any dust with gentle washing then rinse before cleaning it with a sponge or cloth.
- Glare – when it comes to windows and glass, dirt is a nuisance. If it builds up too much on your windscreen, it can affect visibility and become a safety issue. A dirty windscreen can restrict your view of the road so make sure you buy anti-glare glass cleaner. This type of product is specially formulated to give a streak-free shine and prevent dangerous sun dazzle.
- Insects and flies – throughout the summer there tends to be a huge influx of insects and flies. They can end up all over your vehicle’s windscreen and grille making your motor look dirty. Did you know that some insect blood is actually acidic? This could cause real damage to your car’s paintwork so always wash insect deposits off as soon as you can.
Drier weather and increased mileage can make it more of a challenge to keep your car clean. As well as the outside of your motor, don’t forget to clean the inside such as the air conditioner.
Particles quickly collect in your AC only to be blown around and cause bad smells. Likewise eating inside the car will leave certain odours so stock up on car air fresheners to keep your vehicle smelling amazing all through the summer. You can even buy fragrances which remind you of summer, like a floral scent. Last point, avoid washing your car in the heat of the day, clean it early evening instead. It’s easy to do and it will be in tip top condition for the next day.